Know before you go
Parking informationCar parking is at the south end of Kielder Dam or at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre (charge applies for both). A walk of 400/200m along the Lakeside Trail leads to the gate onto the moor. This is signposted to Falstone Moss. Postcode for sat nav, NE48 1BE.
A path leads up from the road between the Kielder dam and Tower Knowe. There is a permissive path within the reserve, which is narrow, initially steep and muddy in parts. A wide boardwalk in the reserve leads across the bog to a pond.
Access is from the minor road running along the south shore of Kielder Water. A small kissing gate gives access onto open moorland (NY704868). A steep, narrow grassy path leads to the reserve entrance, and a similar kissing gate leads into the reserve. The terrain is rough, uneven and tussocky, muddy in parts and steep on the climb to the reserve – although once in the reserve, the ground is relatively level.
When to visit
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
Situated near to Tower Knowe at Kielder, this reserve is the most accessible of the Border Mires. The marked trail on the reserve leads from the road but is also accessible from the lake trail. The route climbs up through heather moorland before proceeding through a second gate and eventually onto a boardwalk across the bog.
The boardwalk heads to a small central pond. Species such as red grouse, adder, roe deer and the hairy caterpillars of northern eggar moth can be seen from the walk. In summer the central pool becomes alive with dragonflies and damselflies such as the common hawker, black darter and large red damselfly. Sphagnum mosses, the main peat-forming plants, are localised alongside the boardwalk. Growing in the moss are bog asphodel, cranberry, and occasionally bog rosemary.